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Title: A review of private residential care in Hong Kong: Implications for policy and practice
Authors: Kwong, EWY 
Kwan, AYH
Keywords: Aging care
Aging in place
Community support services
For-profit aged care homes
Private residential care
Issue Date: 2001
Source: Journal of aging and social policy, 2001, v. 13, no. 4, p. 73-89 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of Aging and Social Policy 
Abstract: Hong Kong government policy encourages and facilitates families to care for their older members as long as possible by providing families and their older relatives with community support services. Residential care for the elderly is viewed as a last resort. Due to the inadequate supply of community support services, the long period of care required, and the gradual breakdown of values of filial support, families may increasingly give up their caring roles and seek residential care for their dependent elderly relatives. A shortfall in subsidized residential care may lead to needy elderly persons' being cared for in private residential facilities. The demand for private residential care is projected to increase, despite criticism about the standard of care provided. Although an Ordinance, a Regulation, and a Code of Practice for residential care homes are in place to control, monitor, and upgrade private residential care in Hong Kong, problems remain that put the elderly at risk of receiving substandard services. These include the existence of substandard private aged care homes operating either with or without a license; the provision of substandard "places" to the elderly under the government's "bought place" scheme and "enhanced bought place" scheme; ineffective inspection; a lack of grading to indicate the quality of private aged care homes; and a general neglect of the quality of care. We provide recommendations to address these concerns. This requires paying attention to both the quality of care, as well as to the physical environment of homes.
ISSN: 0895-9420
DOI: 10.1300/J031v13n04_05
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